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Convert DVDs to a mobile format with these five tools

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Xilisoft DVD Ripper is designed to rip DVD content and convert it to popular formats such as MPEG or WMV video. Like some of the competing products, Xilisoft DVD ripper has options to convert DVD contents to formats that are compatible with devices such as iPods and other media players. Some of the more unique features include the ability to extract DVD audio and save it to an MP3 file and the ability to produce DVD screen captures.

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28 comments
rod.badman
rod.badman

Have tried a number of converters but freemake is by far the best

AudeKhatru
AudeKhatru

That is my favorite. CD to MP3, DVD to MP4 (or many other formats), converts wmv to mp4, etc.

DBPalachik
DBPalachik

So I decided to download a few of these suggestions from this post only to find a malware attached - search.chatzum.com I am disappointed that tech republic did not check these out more carefully before telling everyone to go and try these. Now I am wasting time getting rid of this bug and resetting all my browsers back to my original setup. Do a little investigating what you are promoting next time.

evilwon
evilwon

Ugh!!!, why can't these articles be viewed on a single web page???

jccomputer
jccomputer

you can not reinstall this software they give you a 7 day key. If your computer crashes you can not reinstall the company dose not answer emails.........

DT2
DT2

I use both Magic DVD Ripper and Magic DVD Copy and am very happy with both. The UI is intuitive and they both do a good job.

zirkonau
zirkonau

You missed the easiest and most reliable media re-coder I have ever used! Almost any video, audio, photo format or DVD can be converted to almost any format and the GUI is so user friendly and intuitive..... obviously designed by people who have an empathy with those of us who are not fully fluent in computer 'speak' or processes. Its completely free and if you like it you can donate, but its not compulsory. There is a free companion video downloader for Youtube clips etc, also available on their website. Just Google Freemake Video Converter to get into the website.

rmartin60
rmartin60

Hey, Walmart will back up your DVDs for $2 a pop into any format you desire.

gemb1
gemb1

A little more complex but Mediacoder can convert almost any format to what you need. For example you can boost the sound to compensate for the small speakers. It can take a 3 gig file and convert it to 700 meg. keeping it very clear for the media you have. It also has a large community that can help if you get stuck .

TheGift73
TheGift73

Under US law you are allowed to make a digital backup of your CD/DVD/blurays for personal use, so it's perfectly fine. Not too sure about the UK (where I am from), but to be honest I couldn't really give a damn. I have a pretty big collection of DVD's and Blurays so always make a backup (ISO) of them. I also do the same for my Windows install disk. Disks get damaged so easily, so you'd be crazy not to.

GsyMoo
GsyMoo

Surely ripping DVD's you have bought and paid for to a portable device is no different from ripping a CD to your iPod? It might technically be illegal, but surely the spirit of the law would be to ensure against piracy.

CharlesG1970
CharlesG1970

Another major player in the DVD converting / back up game? Good, clean, fast (ish), with many of the major system profiles. You just need to have VLC installed as well.

fhurderjr
fhurderjr

I bought both to convert my DVD library to iPad. Xilisoft was a joke, crash & (didn't) burn. DVDFab runs smoothly for me, but personally, I find it slow. I also don't like the new licensing format where it's pretty expensive if you decide to buy it outight for a "forever" license vs. a 1-2 year expiring license.

rmartin60
rmartin60

Why was DVD Fab not mentioned. Not only does it rip DVDs it also rips Blu-Rays. It will also convert to different formats, but also will do the same with Blu-Rays to maintain 1080p HD, it will also up convert DVDs to 720p HD, it rips 3d discs, and if you have the equipment can up convert 2d to 3d. DVD Fab is also continuously updated so when a new protection scheme comes out an upgrade soon follows sometimes within days. Another not mentioned is FreeMake Video converter, it is free and it is fast! I have an extensive DVD/Blu-Ray library and have ripped and converted all to MP4, the library is now in a safe location and the moves are now on several hard drives but for the grandkids when they come over I have the kids movies on a couple flash drives and they can use them on the computer or in my Blu-Ray player and I do not have to worry about scratches or broken discs anymore.

thebaldguy
thebaldguy

Like we didn't already know that Hollywood says our DVD's aren't to be used for anything but drink coasters. Glad to see Tech Republic flip them a virtual bird with this article. Nice work!

emp.bob
emp.bob

[q]Are these all for PC? Or do some work on Mac platforms?[/q] For Mac, all you need is VLC player installed as the decrypter, and Handbrake for Mac.

PeterM42
PeterM42

STUPID images again! - Where is the TEXT????? and simple links??????

emp.bob
emp.bob

I would like to point out that while ripping DVDs is not illegal, defeating the copy protection on commercially produced DVDs is illegal due to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. From the Wikipedia page: Anti-circumvention exemptions Motion pictures on DVDs that are lawfully made and acquired and that are protected by the Content Scrambling System when circumvention is accomplished solely in order to accomplish the incorporation of short portions of motion pictures into new works for the purpose of criticism or comment, and where the person engaging in circumvention believes and has reasonable grounds for believing that circumvention is necessary to fulfill the purpose of the use in the following instances: Educational uses by college and university professors and by college and university film and media studies students; Documentary filmmaking; Noncommercial videos. (A new exemption in 2010, similar to a previous educational exemption.)

thebaldguy
thebaldguy

Thou hast placed thyself in the path of the fury of the MPAA, may God have mercy on your soul... ;-)

Linda.A.Hunt
Linda.A.Hunt

Are these all for PC? Or do some work on Mac platforms?

rmartin60
rmartin60

Rip with DVDFab and convert with FreeMake.

emp.bob
emp.bob

to include all the information... We are talking about something that is illegal. If you're going to tell someone how to do it, you better tell them that it's illegal. or rather what part of it is illegal. It's called responsible journalism.

kitekrazy
kitekrazy

I never consider Wikipedia a valid source for anything.

TheGift73
TheGift73

[quote]I would like to point out that while ripping DVDs is not illegal, defeating the copy protection on commercially produced DVDs is illegal due to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.[/quote] True, but it is also therefore technically illegal for companies to include protection (CSS etc) that would prevent people from making digital backups when making such copies for personal use is legal. The whole thing is a bit of a quagmire in that respect.

Tony6
Tony6

Altering format for personal use only is usually O.K. under most copyright legislation - the reality is that they would be so bogged down in legal action against non-commercial copyists they would have no resources left to go after the pirates...

emp.bob
emp.bob

They may not go after you, but it is not technically OK.